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Downhill Racing Action from the British Downhill Series - Round 1, Antur Stiniog

<b>Antur Stiniog is situated in the north of Wales. Know as a man-made and hard-wearing uplift venue, it played host to the first round of the British Downhill Series this weekend where a handful of the World's best dusted off their gloves.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This is Wales. While the rest of the UK is bathed in glorious sunshine, things are taking a little longer to clear up here.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The Welsh hillside has been used extensively for quarrying. The scarred landscape certainly is a dramatic sight.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>No complaints about biking ruining the landscape here.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Eyes on the prize. Danny Hart took the win, trying to upset the Vital Power Rankings predictions.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>2nd on the day for Josh Bryceland is a great result, but The Rat is hungry for the cheese on top step this year.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>First run down and Bryceland's warming up with a few stretches, influencing the big British scene.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Carnage corner to a crazy drop. Early practice and no one knew what to do with wet slate. #laptraffic</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>#oops</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A little bit of rain each day was just enough to keep the slate slick.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Manon Carpenter placed 2nd, only 2.5-seconds back. Trimming the gaps to Rachel and success at PMB in the past for Manon means World Cup season looks promising.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Millyard bike.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Moving up from juniors this year and on a new bike, Tahnee Seagrave made a solid start to the season.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>It's friday night and Jamie Johnson, mechanic for Peaty's SPS team, is already burning the midnight oil with 7 bikes to prep!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The time from leaving the pits to dropping into the course is short. The shuttle makes use of prime tarmac roads and is probably one of the quickest in the UK.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton is quite possibly in the best form of her whole career. She took the win despite being a little out of sync with her normal race mentality.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Matt Simmonds went fastest in seeding and has been winning races over in Portugal. A switch up in training to work with Alan Milway seems to be paying off.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ruaridh Cunningham feeling at home for a second year with Unior Tools. 4th on the day is a great start to his season.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Joe Smith making easy work of the rocky drop with onlookers left and right of frame! A crash to his wrist hindered him for finals, but he'll hopefully be back in shape for PMB.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>As the weekend went on interesting inside lines opened up. From the lip of this corner here, riders would cut through the next two switchbacks. #endurotactics</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Despite being blurred, you can still get an idea of the size of this rock roll. It wouldn't look out of place in British Columbia at all.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With practice finishing at 6pm, that means the lights come on quickly.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Daylight savings would have helped...</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>First time racer, Craig Evans, embracing the fake scrub fad on his seeding run. Coming away with a class win in his first BDS is a great start to the season.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>British mag, British brand. The Dirt Orange team are bringing a company that once announced it had ceased production of its DH frames back to the extreme gravity market.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>0.05 behind Slugger was Steve Peat. He'd be racing the Veteran class this year if he wasn't still incredibly fast and was the most precise through this tech section.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Nigel Page is one of a few ex-World Cup racers arriving in the Veteran category. He put down a convincing win. Full-time manager, part-time pinner.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With the finish arena packed, there was a great turnout from the local town with plenty of Rachel Atherton fans!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>While Manon has a moment to reflect on her finals result, Sam Dale and Matt Simmonds relax with still over an hour until their race runs. Sam shaved just after quali's yesterday, too.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>There was no doubting Gee Atherton looked super fast when on the familiar dirt. The problem was, that dirt only existed for the final 20m of the track.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>A thumbs up to the fans for your winner. The death threats and emails to us about leaving Danny off the PMB Power Rankings are a testament to his fan base. Danny, like we said, we hope you make us look like chumps by ruling it in PMB!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Never clip in.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel looks forward to achieving her own goals this season and not being phased by what's going on around her.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>It seemed like Gee just never really found his flow on the unique track. In just a few days, he'll be on the familiar PMB course, ready to attack.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ben Reid immediately looks at home and is back to winning practice.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The times in the top 10 were extremely tight. Marc Beaumont edged the majority of the field to the 5th spot, knowing every nook, cranny and bump counts.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Your Elite Men's podium.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Signing off with our favorite mechanic, Mark Maurisson, packing up the race truck. It won't see action for a bit since the first few World Cups are on different continents. We'll see you there!</b> -Duncan Philpott

National level downhill racing takes off in Britain with the first round of the British Downhill Series in Antur Stiniog. The quarry town features unique and difficult terrain that had riders dancing on the edge of distraction as they dust off their gloves before World Cup season. Soak up the slate-filled race report from Duncan Philpott.

Take a ride down the course with 1st and 2nd Place, Danny Hart and Josh Bryceland


Elite Men's Top 10 Results
1. Danny Hart - 2:30:113
2. Joshua Bryceland - 2:31:667
3. Matthew Simmonds - 2:31:856
4. Ruaridh Cunningham - 2:32:612
5. Marc Beaumont - 2:32:922
6. Steve Peat - 2:32:981
7. Sam Dale - 2:33:154
8. Gee Atherton - 2:33:394
9. Harry Heath - 2:34:208
10. Adam Brayton - 2:35:357

Full BDS Round 1 Results

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